Manchester duo, Tingle in the Netherlands are creating an unusual blend of atmospheric electronic dream-pop that lacks any of the broody darkness perpetuated by their synth-tinged contemporaries. Sounding like Kraftwerk if they did the soundtrack to a perverted Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy definitely works for this duo. Eclectic, tongue-in-cheek, somewhat sleazy, definitely game-changing, Tingle in the Netherlands are a band to keep an eye on. For fans of Le Tigre and Tegan and Sara.
Hailing from Birmingham, Friday Club's indie-pop sensibilities will appeal to fans of bands such as The Libertines, The Jam and any member of indie royalty. 'Fall Down Kids' has a distinct garage rock vibe to it, sounding at times like a British Ramones. The band are relatively new on the scene and would benefit hugely from some wider exposure. That said they're a band with bucket-loads of potential and with a new EP on the horizon they should get the publicity they deserve.
Blackburn-based acoustic duo Bad Cardigan are a band that have been on my radar for a few weeks now, and a band I've never had chance to cover. The musical virtuosity and lyricism these two exhibit is really quite phenomenal. Subtle guitars decorate and ornament almost-poetic lyrics across the vast majority of their tracks. Quaint and candid with a good degree of colloquialism, Bad Cardigan are a band who are bound to go places.
King Kartel are a band without compromise. Based between Newry and Manchester allows singer Hugh McCreesh's vocals to stand out amongst the usual Gallagher-tinged accents of other Manc bands. Their music is as loud as it is radio-friendly. Heavier songs such as 'All Talk No Trousers' leads in to Kasabian territory whilst 'Aftershock' is the no-holds-barred party anthem that every indie band has in their repotoire. Having seen McCreesh's earlier band The Genuine Articles, I know that at least a few of these lads are capable of producing the same sound live as they can on CD. Quality lads making quality music. Don't let them go unnoticed.
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